John Key pledges a strong Budget
Prime Minister John Key is signalling an ongoing enthusiasm for the job and is promising a strong government Budget this month.
He's been leader of the National Party for ten years and Prime Minister of the country for eight.
"I am just as excited about the year ahead as I have ever been," he said in a speech to National's central North Island regional conference in Waikato.
The next step is setting out the Government's future plans in the Budget on May 26.
"My friend Bill English has delivered eight good, responsible Budgets and this one will be no different," Mr Key says.
"It will be a strong Budget that has at its heart a focus on the economy, with initiatives to help ensure New Zealand achieves a strong level of growth for the years ahead," he said.
The Budget will "highlight that we are on track to achieve the Government's goals of a balanced Budget and paying down debt", he said.
Alongside a strong focus on the economy, the Budget will also ensure the Government is meeting the needs of families in key areas like health and education.
"That has always been our priority. And the economic and social sides of our agenda are closely linked."